# My Mr-Barton-Maths podcast

## Some thoughts on maths, puzzles, parenting and cricket.

16 September 2019

Craig Barton is famous for his book* How I wish I'd taught maths*, and also for his podcast in which he interviews people in the maths community. I had the pleasure of being his interviewee in this month's episode.

If you haven't got time to listen to the whole thing (and I realise that not everyone has two hours-worth of ironing to do), I've picked out the timings of the main topics we discussed.

**00:04:10 Craig's intro to the episode**

**00:08:00 My favourite number; favourite topic in maths; What If I weren't doing maths?**

**00:15:00 'How did I get to be doing what I do now?'**

00:15:10 My first Sunday Times Puzzle

00:17:30 How the world cricket rankings came about

00:20:40 Teaching civil servants how to think creatively

00:21:50 My first book, What Is A Googly?

00:23:40 Why Do Buses Come In Threes?

00:26:55 Duckworth Lewis

**00:28:20 'Favourite' failures and what I learned**

**00:34:10 Maths, Cricket and why people find them 'boring', 'pointless' and 'inaccessible'**

**00:40:40 Is Maths getting cooler?**

**00:47:30 What's the secret of engaging a class in maths?**

00:56:40 The importance of humour

**1:08:00 How do I go about writing books?**

01:12:45 Why I love 'The Number Devil'

**01:14:30 How parents can engage children in maths**

01:16:45 Hand puppets

**01:21:30 Favourite examples from my books**

01:21:50 Why Do Buses Come In Threes?

01:25:40 How Many Socks Make A Pair?

**01:27:20 Maths On TheBack of an Envelope **

01:30:20 Why we shouldn't be too dependent on calculators

01:42:30 Being able to double and halve in your head (imperial and metric)

01:50:20 Everyday Estimation - The Legoland queue time story

01:53:20 Fermi questions, How Many Likes?

**01:58:25 Maths Inspiration Shows**

**02:02:30 Puzzles**

02:05:10 'Where is the Father?' puzzle

**02:06:45 What I've learned**

02:07:00 Is it better to know How or Why first?

02:10:30 The importance of feedback

**02:12:50 Three blogs/podcasts that I would recommend**

**02:18:45 End / Craig's reflections**